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February 25, 2010

Arizona Humane Lobby Day for the Animals

PHOENIX — Animal advocates from across Arizona will convene at the state capitol in Phoenix to urge their legislators to enact stronger animal protection laws as part of The Humane Society of the United States' annual Humane Lobby Day.

The event is organized by the nation's largest animal protection organization on behalf of its more than 225,000 supporters in the Grand Canyon State. Humane Lobby Day gives citizen lobbyists a chance to gather and both learn how to engage their lawmakers to promote and support animal welfare legislation, and then take place in face-to-face meetings to that end.

Arizona's animal lovers will urge their legislators to support legislation to protect animals in domestic violence situations and to expand the ban of the sale of animals on public streets.

Pet Protective Orders

S.B. 1085 — sponsored by state Sens. Linda Gray, R-10, Paul Aboud, D-28, Jonathan Paton, R-30, and Reps. Nancy Barto, R-7, and Nancy Young Wright, D-26 — will help protect domestic violence victims, both human and animal. It would grant the person requesting an order of protection the exclusive custody of any animal residing in their residence, and require the person under the order to stay away from the animal and forbid them from taking, harming or otherwise disposing of the animal.

Public Sale of Animals 

S.B. 1125, sponsored by Sen. Al Melvin, R-26, expands current law to create a uniform, statewide ban on the sale of animals on public highways, streets or parks and on any commercial private property without the express consent of the property owner. Purchasing an animal should not be an impulse decision. The acquisition of an animal on a whim nearly guarantees a problematic relationship between animal and owner. 

At Humane Lobby Day, The HSUS will also honor state Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-15, Rep. Young Wright and Sen. Paton with the organization's Humane State Legislator Awards for 2009.  Each year, The HSUS recognizes state lawmakers across the country who have initiated path-breaking animal protection legislation and demonstrably advanced reform in the policy-making arena.

"We commend Representatives Sinema and Young Wright and Senator Paton for their leadership and commitment to animal welfare and the prevention of violence," said Kari Nienstedt, Arizona state director for The HSUS. "The Humane Society of the United States is tremendously pleased to honor them with this award and acknowledge their consistent compassion and dedicated public service."

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